RPI hosts Wel­come Fes­ti­val for fresh­men class

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Nicholas Buo­nanno nbuo­nanno@troyrecord.com @Nick­Buo­nanno on Twit­ter

TROY, N.Y. » More than 1,000 fresh­men from Rens­se­laer Poly­tech­nic In­sti­tute walked from the Louis Ru­bin Me­mo­rial Ap­proach steps on 8th Street to Wil­liam D. Cham­ber­lain Riverfront Park on Tues­day for a wel­come fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val is part of the col­lege’s “Nav­i­gat­ing Rens­se­laer and Be­yond,” a pro­gram started in 2001 to make in­com­ing stu­dents feel at home on the cam­pus and see there is much more to it than aca­demics.

With 1,796 fresh­men stu­dents, of­fi­cials said this year’s fresh­men class is the largest in the school’s his­tory.

Pres­i­dent Shirley Ann Jack­son greeted stu­dents as they walked down the steps and headed down Broad­way and Third and River streets to the park.

The col­lege’s pep band helped wel­come the fresh­men as they walked past Mon­u­ment Square in down­town Troy.

Once all of the stu­dents ar­rived in the park they were then greeted by Jack­son, Troy Mayor Pa­trick Mad­den, along with some up­per­class­men.

“I just shook hands with most of you at the top of The Ap­proach and you might won­der why I would do that. Well, first of all, it’s im­por­tant for me to greet each of you as you come

and I will at least shake your hands — all of you — when you grad­u­ate, as I hand you your di­ploma,” said Jack­son to the stu­dents.

Mad­den, who is also a mem­ber of the col­lege’s board of trus­tees, wel­comed the stu­dents and in­vited them to en­joy all that the city has to of­fer.

“While you’re here please be­come a part of our com­mu­nity, we have much to of­fer you, we are a city with a rich his­tory of cul­ture, in-

dus­try and in­ven­tive­ness, a good deal of which is linked to [RPI],” Mad­den said to the stu­dents.

Af­ter hear­ing from every­one at the podium, the stu­dents were then treated to a buf­fet style of food set-up in the park and were able to en­joy some mu­sic en­ter­tain­ment. The stu­dents were also able to in­ter­act with each other and col­lege of­fi­cials dur­ing the Wel­come Fest.

NICHOLAS BUO­NANNO — NBUO­NANNO@TROYRECORD.COM

Rens­se­laer Poly­tech­nic In­sti­tute fresh­men stand near a water spray area in Wil­liam D. Cham­ber­lain Riverfront Park on Tues­day. From left are Angela Buras of Boston, El­iz­a­beth Evans of Con­necti­cut, Vic­to­ria Prusak of Buf­falo, Tay­lor Keyt of Conecti­cut and Emily Gro­cott of New Hamp­shire.

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